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Sonoma County Family Justice Center

Community Awareness Project Funding

Local Program Receives Community Awareness Project Funding for 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

The Family Justice Center Sonoma County Foundation Board of Directors (FJCSC) has received funding from the National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators (NAVAA) through a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), within the U.S. Department of Justice.  This grant will fund efforts in raising community awareness of crime victims’ rights and services during the 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, April 19 through the 25th.

This annual observance, first designated by President Ronald Reagan in 1981, seeks to increase general public awareness and knowledge of the wide range of rights and services available to people who have been victimized by crime.  The theme for 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is “Engaging Communities. Empowering Victims.”

Since 2004, the NCVRW Community Awareness Project has provided financial and technical assistance to more than 720 community projects during NCVRW. FJCSC was one of the 90 projects selected for funding by OVC for 2015 from the 194 applications that were submitted nationwide. According to OVC Director Joye Frost, the Community Awareness Project helps generate widespread public awareness of crime victims’ rights and needs, as well as the importance of engaging all people in America in victim assistance efforts.

Ann Diem Patton, President of the FJCSC Board of Directors, says this Community Awareness Project will raise awareness through proclamations at each of the cities within the county, as well as a celebration event on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. This event will be held at the FJCSC at 2755 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, including Keynote speaker Casey Gwinn, founder of the Family Justice Center movement, among other speakers.

“The support from NAVAA and OVC for our 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities will truly help us to support crime victims,” Ann Diem Patton said. “Members of our community are encouraged to help promote justice through service to crime victims by joining our 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities and supporting victim assistance programs throughout the year.”

For additional information about 2015 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week activities or about victims’ rights and services in Sonoma County, please contact Event Coordinator Gloria Eurotas at 707‐565‐2822 or visit our

Web site at www.fjcsc.org.